The Perfect Guacamole

This post was last updated on July 4, 2014 to include new images and a recipe video.

Guacamole can be one of life’s most wonderful foods.

The Perfect Guacamole recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

All it takes to make The Perfect Guacamole is a few fresh ingredients and some simple guidelines.

The Perfect Guacamole recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Let’s discuss the options, shall we?

1. Chunky or Smooth?  How do you like your guacamole? I like my avocados on the smoother side and to get the chunkiness from the other ingredients.  To make your avocados smooth, just take a fork to the avocados and mash them down to your desired texture.

The Perfect Guacamole recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

2. Tomatoes or No Tomatoes?  Personally, I can’t imagine a world without adding fresh, diced tomatoes to my guacamole.  But, I realize not everyone agrees with me.  Just be sure to dice them small enough so they don’t overpower the more mellow avocados.  And, please, use fresh, ripe and crisp tomatoes.

The Perfect Guacamole recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

3. Red, White or Yellow Onion?  My simple answer is, “Yes, please.”  Each variety of onion adds a different dimension to the avocado.  Your taste buds will probably prefer one over the other.  Red and yellow onions will offer a sweeter, non-obtrusive flavor, while white onions will have more of a sharp bite.

The Perfect Guacamole recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

4. Lemon or Lime?  Not only will adding some freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice help keep your guacamole from turning brown, it will also perfectly cut the richness of the avocados and marry the flavors beautifully.  That’s right: marry.  I’m always partial to using lime in my Mexican dishes and guacamole is no exception.

The Perfect Guacamole recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

5. Only Use Ripe, Perfect Avocados.  This really isn’t a question, but more of a guideline.  Too often, people think they can use old, mushy avocados in their guacamole.  Think again, I beg you.  Great guacamole starts with perfectly ripe avocados.  Check for ripeness by gently pressing the outside of the avocado. If there is no give, the avocado is not ripe yet and will not taste good. If there is a little give, the avocado is ripe. If there is a lot of give, the avocado may be past ripe and should not be used.  Ever.

The Perfect Guacamole recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Want to see how easy this recipe is to make?  Watch my quick video:

The Perfect Guacamole

Why save making guacamole for special occasions like parties and the Superbowl?  Homemade guacamole is delicious, healthy and ridiculously easy to make.

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The Perfect Guacamole
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Just chop and mix your way to the perfect guacamole!
Categories: Side
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: best onion for guacamole, guacamole onion, what kind of onion for guacamole
Servings: 4
Calories: 254 kcal
Author: A Sweet Pea Chef
  • 3 ripe avocados peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice about 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 small red onion finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 medium vine-ripened tomatoes finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin
  1. In a medium bowl, gently mash the avocados to desired consistency using the back of a fork.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and lightly stir to combine. Season with any additional salt or lime juice to taste.
  3. Refrigerate, covered with saran wrap, for one hour.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
The Perfect Guacamole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 200
% Daily Value*
Fat 22.2g34%
Saturated Fat 3.2g16%
Sodium 525.5mg22%
Carbohydrates 15.7g5%
Fiber 10.9g44%
Sugar 2.5g3%
Protein 3.6g7%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 32.2mg39%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Lacey Baier

Hey there! I’m Lacey Baier and I’d like to welcome you! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, as well as cleanish, my clean-eating supplement brand. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

6 thoughts on “The Perfect Guacamole

  1. To keep with the theme, I add agave nectar to my guacamole to make it a little sweet.

  2. I love guacamole and this recipe looks fantastic. It has all my favorite things – avocado, onions and cilantro. I love the idea of adding some cumin! Have you ever tried adding a pinch of brown sugar? I usually add it to balance out the acid of the lemon or lime juice and the salt.

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